I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalms 69:30 NRSV)

While he was a missionary in Africa, William Pruitt had an unusual experience. After a long, exhausting day he returned to a little hideaway house he'd built years before. He was exhausted when he reached the house and turned in for a good night's sleep.

The next morning he awoke and "thanked God for another day of life." He checked a small engine he had in the storage room. In a corner of the storage room he saw something that looked like rope. It was black and coiled into a circle as though very carefully placed there. "I don't remember having a rope like that," he thought to himself. The next thing he knew he felt a spray of liquid on his face and in his eye. "It was as though a red-hot nail had been driven through my right eye," was how he described it. What he thought was a rope was a spitting cobra, one of the most poisonous of snakes. Frantically he splashed cold water onto his face. The pain was excruciating.

Someone nearby heard his scream. Three persons he did not know came to his rescue. The first came and killed the snake. The second was a nurse. She was unsure how to treat him but then remembered a sample of an eye medication she had stuck in her bag. "I don't know anything about it," she said, "but it's all we have." Half a hour later the third stranger appeared, he was a French doctor. The doctor treated William and instructed him to get some rest. After a few hours the doctor was gone, and he never told them his name. As you can imagine it was a long day for William. Would he live? Would he have his eyesight? These were the questions he pondered that day.

The next morning his eyesight was fully restored and so was his energy. In fact his eye wasn't even red. William offered a simple yet heartfelt prayer to God. "I thanked Him for all of those who had a part in my recovery..."

Who are you thankful for today?


Lord Jesus, I thank you for the people you have sent my way to help me know you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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